Highlights of Turkey

Highlights of Turkey

Start: Istanbul Finish: Istanbul

Visiting: Istanbul, Eceabat, Canakkale, Gallipoli, Bergama, Demircidere, Troy, Izmir, Ephesus, Pamukkale, Konya, Cappadocia


Duration: 9 Nights

Tour code: THOTFA17

Tour operator: Trafalgar


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Tour Overview

Travel along the age-old trading routes that linked East and West revealing all the Highlights of Turkey. Do some haggling of your own in Istanbul's Grand Bazaar, fall asleep amidst the fairy-tale landscapes of Cappadocia and walk in the footsteps of the ancient Greeks in Ephesus.

Highlights

  • iconStays with Stories Located alongside the ancient Ortahisar rock castle, many of the rooms at Dilek Kaya Hotel are hewn out of the surrounding rock. (Day 7)
  • iconVisit the Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Byzantine Hippodrome and Grand Bazaar in Istanbul, Anzac Cove and the poignant War Cemeteries at Gallipoli, the Asclepion Medical Centre at Pergamon, the ancient city of Ephesus, the Virgin Mary's House at Ephesus, the Cotton Castle springs at Pamukkale, the ruins of the Roman health spa at Hierapolis, the Goreme Open-Air Museum and the underground city of Saratli
  • iconExplore Istanbul with a Local Specialist
  • iconView the Wooden Horse at Troy
  • iconDive into Culture Haggle for souvenirs at Istanbul's Grand Bazaar one of the largest covered markets in the world with 60 streets and over 5,000 shops. (Day 2) Learn about the art of pottery making in Avanos. (Day 7)
  • iconConnect with Locals Meet the most liberated women in Turkey in the village of Demircidere, where you'll learn how to bake traditional bread and taste the local wine at our Be My Guest lunch. (Day 4)

Itinerary

icon Day 1: Welcome to Istanbul

Location: Istanbul

Accommodation: Radisson Blu Sisli

Meals: Welcome Reception

Meet at the crossroads of East and West - the effervescent capital of Istanbul launches your journey of discovery through centuries of turmoil and triumph. Spend the day exploring after being transferred to your hotel. Later, you'll meet your Travel Director and travel companions for a memorable Welcome Reception.

icon Day 2: Discover Colourful Istanbul

Location: Istanbul

Meals: Breakfast

Delve into the treasures of the Ottoman Empire, strolling through the exquisite Topkapi Palace with its spellbinding views of the Bosphorus. We explore Hagia Sophia, once one of the greatest churches in all of Christendom, before following in the footsteps of the faithful for a visit to the Blue Mosque - its six minarets and beautiful blue Iznik tiles are a sight to behold. Dive Into Culture as you haggle for souvenirs at Istanbul's Grand Bazaar, one of the largest covered markets in the world with 60 streets and over 5,000 shops. Later, we visit the Byzantine Hippodrome to see where thundering chariots once raced to victory. The rest of the day is yours to explore the city.

icon Day 3: Journey to Gallipoli and Çanakkale

Location: Eceabat, Canakkale, Gallipoli

Accommodation: Kolin

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

We remember the heroism of the many thousands of men who fought bravely at Gallipoli. We'll see Lone Pine Cemetery and the battlefields that today still hold special significance for the Turkish, Australian and New Zealand nations. Spend a quiet moment commemorating the lives lost at Anzac Cove and Chunuk Bair, where some of the fiercest fighting took place during World War I. This evening we stay in Çanakkale where tonight we'll dine in our hotel.

icon Day 4: Off to Troy, Pergamon and Izmir

Location: Bergama, Demircidere, Troy, Izmir

Accommodation: Mövenpick

Meals: Breakfast, Be My Guest, Dinner

Visit a land of Trojan legends, an ancient city immortalised by Homer in the stories of King Priamus, Hector, Paris and the beautiful Helen. We admire the archaeological excavations at Troy revealing nine separate periods of settlement and the symbolic replica wooden Trojan horse commemorating the epic war machine constructed by the Greeks to end a lengthy siege. We continue to the ancient kingdom of Pergamon to visit the Asclepion Medical Centre whose staff of entwined snakes remains a symbol of modern medicine today. This afternoon, we Connect With Locals over lunch in the village of Demircidere at a Be My Guest experience. We travel to the broad boulevards of seaside Izmir later, and dine in our hotel this evening.

icon Day 5: Admire the Ruins of Ephesus and on to Pamukkale

Location: Ephesus, Pamukkale

Accommodation: Colossae Thermal

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Journey into antiquity and explore the ruins of the ancient Greek city of Ephesus admiring the well-preserved façade of the Library of Celsus and its famous Temple of Artemis. We visit the House of the Virgin Mary, the Temple of Hadrian guarded by Medusa's head, and the Great Theatre, built by the Romans in the 2nd century and still in use today. Relax and enjoy the blissful thermal pools at your hotel in Pamukkale.

icon Day 6: Onwards to Hierapolis and Konya

Location: Konya, Pamukkale

Accommodation: Dedeman

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

This morning we enjoy a leisurely visit to the ancient ruins of the Holy City of Hierapolis, imagining ancient patrons seeking revival and rest within their limestone-laden thermal springs. Our last stop today is Konya where tonight we dine in our hotel.

icon Day 7: Continue to Cappadocia

Location: Cappadocia

Accommodation: Dilek Kaya

Meals: Breakfast

Visit the Mevlana Museum and Mausoleum in Konya, a former dervish lodge of the Mevlevi order, which reveals the origins of Sufism. Continuing your journey to Cappadocia, you'll see a 13th-century caravanserai then Dive Into Culture to learn about the art of pottery making in Avanos. Later, consider joining an Optional Experience to watch the Whirling Dervishes then enjoy a Regional Meal at a local restaurant. Tonight you'll enjoy an overnight stay at one of Trafalgar's Stays With Stories set alongside the ancient Ortahisar rock castle. Many of the rooms are hewn from the surrounding rock and boast views of Cappadocia's fairy-tale landscapes.

icon Day 8: A Day to Explore Spectacular Göreme

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

The whimsical landscapes of Cappadocia take centre stage today as you embark on a full-day excursion that will see you visit the Göreme Open-Air Museum, the Paşabağı and Kizil Vadi valleys and underground city of Saratli on the ancient Silk Road. You'll learn about the intricate heritage and art of carpet weaving during a visit to a Turkish carpet emporium before joining your fellow travellers for an included dinner this evening.

icon Day 9: Return to Istanbul

Location: Istanbul

Accommodation: Radisson Blu Sisli

Meals: Breakfast, Farewell Dinner

Take a short flight this morning to Istanbul, where the rest of the day is yours to explore the city your way. Enjoy a sensory explosion at the vibrant Spice Market, take a stroll through the historic Sultanahmet or find a quiet rooftop café and admire Istanbul's iconic skyline. You could choose instead to join an optional cruise and sail the waters of the Bosphorus which separate Asia and Europe. Tonight, join your Travel Director and fellow companions for a Farewell Dinner.

icon Day 10: Farewell Istanbul

Meals: Breakfast

We say a fond farewell to Turkey and newfound friends as we prepare to depart to the airport for our flight home. Find out more about your free airport transfer at trafalgar.com/freetransfers.

What's Included

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    An expert Travel Director and professional Driver

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    Optional Experiences and free time

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    All hotel tips, charges and local taxes

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    Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

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    All porterage and restaurant gratuities

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    Daily breakfast and up to half your evening meals

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    Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing

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    9 breakfasts

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    7 dinners

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    Ferry across the Dardanelles from Eceabat to Canakkale

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    1 lunch (Be My Guest)

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    Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

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    Handcrafted Highlights

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    Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

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